Cutting Edge Management and Marketing Ideas for Independent Operators, Salons and Spas. Use these ideas with your MIKAL software to move your business forward. Not using MIKAL yet? Call us for a free evaluation and walk through of what we can do for you! Welcome - Fred Dengler MIKAL Co-Founder and CEO
|Posted on December 31, 2019 at 8:40 PM||comments (9)|
20 Questions Before Starting your Salon/spa
So you’ve got what it takes to be an beauty salon or day spa entrepreneur? Now, ask yourself these 20 questions to make sure you’re thinking about the right key business decisions:
1. Why am I starting a business?
2. What kind of business do I want?
3. Who is my ideal customer?
4. What products or services will my business provide?
5. Am I prepared to spend the time and money needed to get my business started?
6. What differentiates my business idea and the products or services I will provide from others in the market?
7. Where will my business be located?
8. How many employees will I need?
9. What types of suppliers do I need?
10. How much money do I need to get started?
11. Will I need to get a loan?
12. How soon will it take before my products or services are available?
13. How long do I have until I start making a profit?
14. Who is my competition?
15. How will I price my product compared to my competition?
16. How will I set up the legal structure of my business?
17. What taxes do I need to pay?
18. What kind of insurance do I need?
19. How will I manage my business?
20. How will I advertise my business?
|Posted on November 16, 2019 at 2:25 PM||comments (6)|
Imagine setting up your marketing ONE time and then letting your system manage it for you - with $$$$$ results!
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|Posted on November 5, 2019 at 9:15 AM||comments (1)|
Your compensation system needs to match performance to income, especially at the high end. We should not lose our top performers to a higher "percentage".
It costs over $ 6000.00 in time, expenses, and training to bring new employees on board and get them productive. This does not allow for lost sales!
We need to set up a compensation system that helps us to keep our top operators.
Most salon/spa compensation systems do not reward the top achievers in the salon while making the employees that are at break even (or less) works harder to receive the same benefits that the top performers receive.
Who are your TOP performers?Running the Ranking Report for the Year will show who is leading the pack. The Management Summary helps you see performance using specific benchmarks.
Do you have this challenge?
Some of your operators may have begun to realize that they can make a comfortable living by showing up 25 hours a week and being booked solid during that time. The problem with this is that, while they are good revenue producers, they:
1.) take up "prime time" (Red) hours with their regular customers so that new customers cannot get in and new operators cannot build.
2.) are in the salon/spa doing customers with a full book and they cannot help with any salon/spa operations like folding towels, cleaning, helping at the desk.......
3.) become more independent because they are not in the salon culture often enough (they stop being part of the team)
We recommend you grandfather your present staff (continue to pay them in the agreed on way). You need to develop a compensation system for new employees that is more motivating and is based on contribution to the salon/spa's overall goals.
Hours:Any employee working less than 36 hours per week is not considered full time. Non full time staff does NOT get paid vacations, may be required to share the station, and cannot have all "prime time" hours (ex: they only get to work every other Saturday).
Any employee working less than 30 hours per week is considered part time and does NOT receive paid vacations, sick days, free business cards, exclusion from service charges, must share a station and must book all work during Green and Yellow booking times (see Booking ideas earlier in this report).
Track all employees hours on the time clock.
Order our Staff Up CD from our Web Store for complete compensation set up details or call us with ??? 513-528-5100
|Posted on October 30, 2019 at 3:55 PM||comments (0)|
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|Posted on October 22, 2019 at 10:15 AM||comments (7)|
Do you tell your staff the ““why”” of the work?
As you know MIKAL is involved in the push for higher productivity and better communication using our software program as a major tool in getting this task accomplished, it’s disturbing how many salon/spa managers neglect the crucial task of creating the “why”. Most salon/spa managers are so concerned with instructing receptionists and stylists on how to do their jobs that they ignore the equally important questions of “why” the jobs need to get done, and for whom they are doing the work. If receptionists and stylists don’t understand the the “why” of what they do, it makes the work meaningless. If you are not using a weekly goal setting and feedback system it’s time to get it going! The “why” for you to set up the goal setting is that the average stylist or receptionist increases sales and performance up to 10% just by setting goals and getting regular feedback!
This lack of “why” is not just a problem for the Beauty Industry! For an idea of how dangerous this is to a salon/spa’s health, a recent Gallup study showed that 71% of workers are “not engaged.” When asked what caused them to disengage, the workers overwhelmingly cited the requirement to perform useless tasks. This begs the question, “why” are salon/spa managers assigning so many useless tasks? How many times do we hear ““why”” do I have to fill out the client information card, or ““why”” are you mad when I can’t get the new customer thank you mailing done one week? Or even more likely the tasks just don’t get done, or are only done when you ride the staff. This creates resistance and also wears you out as a manager.
It seems more likely that receptionists and stylists only think their work is useless. Creating the “why” is instrumental in giving receptionists and stylists a new perspective on how their work fits into the salon/spa as a whole. We need to take the time to give them the Big Picture at every opportunity.
The idea of creating the “why” for receptionists and stylists isn’t new, but the most popular method used to make workers feel invested and relevant to the operations of the salon/spa – profit sharing or quarterly bonuses or commissions for selling or doing certain activities – has been largely ineffectual. While profit sharing gives receptionists and stylists a legitimate ownership stake, they do little to show workers how they actually impact a salon/spa’s overall performance. Most receptionists and stylists perceive their profit sharing or year end bonus as kind of a lottery ticket over which they have no influence, while the actual performance of the organization is dictated by market swings, owner decisions, and other forces beyond their control. This feeling of irrelevance tends to increase in direct correlation to salon/spa growth, especially in larger salons/spas; in general, as the size of the salon/spa increases, workers’ sense of professional value decreases.
We need to get better as we get bigger or we lose the economy of scale and the personal involvement customers are looking for in a salon/spa. How many times do you see a nice salon/spa expand and then lose staff (because they fail to create the ““why”” and then start to lose customers because the personal service and involvement are not there any longer!
For owners and senior salon/spa managers who are making strategic decisions, the need to create the “why” for their team takes on an even higher level of importance. Most salon/spa owners are many levels removed from front desk and service providing types of customer interaction. Instead, customer feedback comes in the form of reports and research. Tapping into the experiences of receptionists and stylists who interact with customers can provide a valuable new source of information in the decision making process. Consider a general trying to gather information from the battlefield. Would he be able to make informed strategic decisions if his forward units didn’t understand the importance of their role? And how effective would those units be if they didn’t understand their mission? The same conditions apply to salon/spa owners and leaders. Low level “troops” who clearly understand their role and mission will always be able to provide better feedback to senior leaders in charge of major decisions.
When a salon/spa is small, for workers the “why” exists naturally. It should be obvious how much individual contributions matter in an organization of five or ten people. The problems is growing salons/spas almost always reach a tipping point when the team environment evolves into a salon/spa owners and managers version of the TV show The Office. Staff feels disconnected to management and management feels frustrated because the staff doesn’t get it. Salon/spa managers and owners skilled at providing staff the “why” can help stave off this tipping point. You may be beyond this point and your staff has a good grasp of the “why” of the tasks they need to perform. That means your communication lines are good and you are using the ODM model Open Door Management!
Now for the next step. If your salon/spa has already passed this stage, one of the most powerful trends in management and a fantastic tool for producing employee involvement is Open Book Management (OBM). In a nutshell, OBM does away with all confidentiality in regard to salon/spa finances. By showing receptionists and stylists where the salon/spa stands, its financial health, how key numbers and ratios affect profitability and revenue, and perhaps most importantly explaining to receptionists and stylists how their pay is affected by all of the above, OBM does a far better job at involving receptionists and stylists and giving them job the “why” than simply handing out a bonus plan or profit sharing program!
OBM – Open Book Management gives ratios to the staff that MIKAL can provide for you. An example is New Customer Retention. “Why” is it important to prebook new customers before they leave your salon/spa? Because right now most salons and spas only keep 30% of new customers for a follow up visit in the next 90 days. If the salon/spa can double that number using the MIKAL New Customer Welcome Book and Preceptionist ReBooking Strategies the net profit in the salon/spa will increase from 2 to 5 percent! Now the stylists and receptionist know why you get crazy every time a new customer is allowed to wander out the door without being asked to rebook. Remember the 10% sales increase I mentioned at the beginning of the article? That is the “why” you would share with staff to motivate them to set goals and review the evaluation reports.
Another reason for practicing Open Book Management is that the majority of our stylists and receptionists have no concept as to what it costs to run a salon/spa. One owner we work with books a half hour with a different employee each week (and pays them) and has them assist with printing checks and making payments to vendors. The employees are amazed at how much it costs to run a salon/spa!
For salons/spas unwilling to make the jump to OBM – Open Book Management, or salon/spa managers working within a larger organization, the first step to forming the “why” for your stylists and receptionists is to understand all of the work and information flow affecting members of your team. Only when a manager understands all of the interactions between her receptionists and stylists, clients, vendors and other departments, can she show her receptionists and stylists how their work fits into the overall structure of the salon/spa. It is important to know that everyone in an organization has a customer. Your customer is whoever receives your work output, and for most receptionists and managers their customer is not the end customer but rather another person within the salon/spa. This way of thinking should reveal each employee’s relevance as well as uncover meaningless work. Salon/spa managers should understand and be able to explain to their receptionists and stylists how their jobs add value and “why” particular tasks are required. If an employee is performing tasks that are not needed by someone else in the salon/spa or by the end customer, those tasks should be eliminated. At the same time as soon as a staff member stops being serviced by another staff member (like the receptionist stops providing daily appointment schedules to the stylists) the staff member needs to notify management. In this way the system becomes self policing. As a manager or owner, you will have transcended the mindless commands of telling them how to do their jobs and shown them “why”, and for whom those jobs get done.
|Posted on October 16, 2019 at 5:50 PM||comments (1)|
Today’s client is conservatively impulsive! That means they hold on to their money as long as they can but when the urge hits them to buy something - they do! (Remind you of anyone you know?) 30% of all clients make daily buying decisions based on "Groupon" type deals that are delivered to their in box. So you combat that with posts on Instagram and Facebook? How far down on the client's feed is your post if they don't look at it for an hour? Plus - At the same time in this summer economy clients slow down their visit frequency. Clients are stretching their appointments out and did you know if your average client puts off their visits by just one more week that can mean a 15% decrease in sales volume? OUCH!
JITA is the answer. Just In Time Appointment offers take advantage of the new buying trends and increase client visits and income.
JITA looks at your book each morning and checks for available times. Then JITA e-mails/texts clients who you want to offer these appointment opportunities to. Only each service provider’s clients that have opted in to JITA, only for the services you want to promote, only for the times of day you want to build, and only to clients that do not have a future appointment. JITA makes smart marketing offers!
So you need to get JITA going NOW! It only takes minutes to set up and runs every day automatically.
Call MIKAL and get your JITA going - NO revenue share, only sent to opt-in clients that don't have a future appointment! JITA is smart. Call us at 513-528-5100 and get BOOKED!
|Posted on October 13, 2019 at 3:35 PM||comments (3)|
Fall Money Making Ideas
Now that Summer is over?? and here is Cincinnati it will be SIXTY degrees on Wednesday! (great isn’t it?) it’s time to get back
down to business and get into the business of Fall sales and getting ready for the Holidays - Christmas is COMING! Now is the time to crank up the business of beauty.
Here are a couple of ideas to get you back down to business:
$ Go over these ideas. See what ideas generate the most excitement and appoint people and set dates for getting the projects going! Intorduce JITA the just in time appointment feature of MIKAL to fill the book. Get EMBA and you can go CRAZY booking all over town on your smart phones.
$ Clean the salon/spa from top to bottom. Paint a few walls and make a few small changes. Move some plants and displays. Decorate for the season!
$ Get dressed up. I don’t mean formal but every summer people get a little casual. It’s time to change our look and the change should be professional and upscale.
$ Get into the Fall colors. BROWN is the new black people! Make sure your make up is right for the season and coordinates with your new look! Get the staff together for a make up session and new fashion review.
$ Start your Referral Contest October 1st and end it on December 31st . Pick your prizes, do your precontest mailing/e-mail September 3rd, and get the signs up in the salon/spa. Call us for a free 11 page Referral Contest planning book. How would 50-100 new customers sound in the next 60-90 days?
Clean up the customer data base in the next 60 days. All of your regular customers will be in for the season. Run a list on your MIKAL system of all customers with Invalid addresses. The goal is to verify every customer’s address in the next 60 days. Check on the progress by running the Invalid Addresses report for all Last Visits in the last 7 days each week. The report should be blank every week if the front desk staff is cleaning up the list!
$ Get your Gift Cards on order NOW! Call RACO Card 866-940-4676 for a free sample kit. Order the Gift Card option is MIKAL’s SMS software and ask for our free information pack on promoting gift cards. Gift Cards will make a huge difference in your sales over the old gift certificates. NOTE: beware of companies giving you gift cards for use with their Internet or bank card systems. The costs for the processing of the card every time it is swiped become a huge expense and if a customer loses their card there is no way to cancel that card and charge the balance up on a new card. Call us at MIKAL to make an informed decision. Also revisit a switch in credit card processors. X-Charge our credit card processing partner has a $100 Gift Card waiting for you to switch!
$ Increase your Color service prices now just before the Holiday season. This will give you an additional boost to your income and the customers are coming in for that popular service during the season.
$ Sign up for the Autopilot Marketing system from MIKAL. The business can get hectic. Don’t let your marketing fall by the wayside. Put it on autopilot, and make sure you stay busy when Winter months roll around!
513-528-5100 email us at [email protected] Website: www.mikal.com
|Posted on October 11, 2019 at 2:10 PM||comments (1)|
Camp Mikal Fall Meeting RECAP
Our Fall Meeting (just finished) was full of ideas and sharing on how to Maximize Mikal software usage. A great group of owners, managers and receptionists met for 3 days in Cincinnati and shared amazing ideas and strategies on Staffing, Marketing, Inventory Control and so much more.
THOUSANDS and THOUSANDS of Mikal Bucks were given away at the Stop Wine(ing) and Eat some Cheeze party Sunday night. Winners were everywhere! Andy did an amazing job as host and MC.
Let me recap a few of the highlights:
EMBA the mobil booking app for employees was HUGE with the all new Daily Goals feature and Client personal info and tech card/buying history info screens. Owners said it is like having a workticket on your phone!
Loyalty points system is in place and working for about half the group. After the meeting I'll bet everyone gets on the Client Loyalty bandwagon. BIG ideas included using the points to automatically reward rebookings, referrals, and retail purchases, rolling ALL of those marketing strategies into a self running client rewards program.
Idea: make it a policy a NOSHOW loses their points!
Idea: delete all points at the end of the slowest month of each year and everyone will come in that month to use their points!
JITA was BIG at Camp it is only used by 30% of the attendees. JITA users reported the option that fills the holes in the book automatically added ONE more Appointment per day per employee to the book! WOW
Surveys were a big topic. Many signed on to Survey Monkey and looked at Mikal's 5 sample surveys. Some campers even added to the surveys - FUN!
IDEA: share the survey results in staff meetings.
These ideas are only a few of the ones I jotted down during the CAMP. So DO NOT MISS the Winter Success Club meeting - details to follow!
Thank you Campers - you are the fuel that powers our engines here at MIKAL. Fred 513-528-5100 [email protected] www.mikal.com
|Posted on June 29, 2019 at 3:35 PM||comments (11)|
GETTING THE MOST OUT OF YOUR SUMMER
Now that summer is in full swing (depressing isn’t it?) it’s time to get back down to business and get into the business of filling that book up and making some moo laaal. Now is the time to crank up the business of beauty. Here are a couple of ideas to get you and your staff back down to business:
$ Get a staff meeting together and go over these ideas. See what ideas generate the most excitement and appoint people and set dates for getting the projects going!
$ Clean the salon/spa from top to bottom. Paint a few walls and make a few small changes. Move some plants and displays. Decorate for the season!
$ Have everyone get dressed up. I don’t mean formal but every winter people get a little casual. It’s time to change our look and the change should be professional and upscale.
$ Get into the summer colors. Make sure your make up is right for the season and coordinates with your new look! Get the staff together for a make up session and new fashion review. Do you always have to wear BLACK????
$ Start your Referral Contest July 1 and end it on October 20th. Pick your prizes, do your precontest mailing/e-mail now, and get the signs up in the salon/spa. Call us for a free 11 page Referral Contest planning book. How would 50-100 new customers sound in the next 60 days?
$ Get your front desk staff to commit to cleaning up the customer data base in the next 60 days. All of your regular customers will be in by the holidays. Run a list on your MIKAL system of all customers with Invalid addresses. The goal is to verify every customer’s address in the next 60 days. Check on the progress by running the Invalid Addresses report for all Last Visits in the last 7 days each week. The report should be blank every week if the front desk staff is cleaning up the list!
$ Get your Gift Cards ON LINE with our Gift Card Shopping Cart NOW! Order the Gift Card option is MIKAL’s SMS software and ask for our free information pack on promoting gift cards. Gift Cards will make a huge difference in your holiday sales over the old gift certificates. NOTE: beware of companies giving you gift cards for use with their Internet or bank card systems. The costs for the processing of the card every time it is swiped become a huge expense and if a customer loses their card there is no way to cancel that card and charge the balance up on a new card. Call us at MIKAL to make an informed decision.
$ Increase your color service prices now just before the holiday season. This will give you an additional boost to your income and the customers are coming in for that popular service during the holiday season.
Now is the time to move into the Summer season with a new look, new ideas, and new promotions for increased sales and profits!
Please call us for additional information on the Referral Contest, Gift Cards, Pricing ideas, or your comments. Have a great fall season.
Fred Dengler MIKAL 513-528-5100 email us at [email protected] Website: www.mikal.com
|Posted on June 28, 2019 at 7:45 PM||comments (0)|
Just imagine.................Having your MIKAL computer look at the cancellations and availability in your book and automatically sending appointment opportunities to your clients. The book fills up! Like MAGIC….Your JITA Genie has arrived!
Every night our system looks at the availability in your book and sends your clients an e-mail or text message inviting them to take advantage of the booking opportunity. We call it JITA the Just In Time Appointment system.
What is JITA worth to you? If JITA adds just one appointment per day for a service provider and the average service is $40 then JITA will increase sales $8000.00 per service provider per year. EIGHT THOUSAND DOLLARS! That is a 10 percent increase in sales for the average service provider. WOW. PLUS - when a client cancels how much time do you spend trying to fill that appointment? Do you call the wait list, try to rearrange the book? Save all that time and know that JITA is working for you every day.Cross market openings for Spa to Hair clients and Nail to Spa clients – automatically. JITA runs and the book fills up!
Wish you were booked SOLID?
You are in control
You decide who gets the JITA offers.
You decide to send only to clients who do not have a future appointment for that service.
You decide the limited number of offers for each employee.
You decide if JITA offers morning, afternoon, or evening booking opportunities.
You decide the service recommendations that match each employee's services.
You decide if there is a discount.
So unlike web based services that you have to pay for and revenue share the booking income with..... YOU ARE IN CHARGE.
You don't share your revenue. (Booking services charge a sign up fee and 15-18 percent of service booked)
You don't have to give discounts.
You don't create clients who WAIT for appointment offers.
You don't have staff mad at discounted offers being done during busy times.
You don't give your client list to someone else.
You MAKE MONEY.
Want to see JITA?
Call MIKAL and see how JITA will work for you. Call your MIKAL consultant today 513-528-5100 or email [email protected]